Uranium is dead, long live uranium
I live about thirty minutes
southwest of Exelon
Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station, in Chester County, Pennsylvania, in what
was once Old Byers Village. It just so happens, a year old study by the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission (NRC) reemerged this week in the local newspaper. The study data led to an investigation that
concluded Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station is the third most at
risk of damage from an earthquake of all 104 nuclear plants in the nation.
The NRC looked at all 104
nuclear plants in the Unties States and increased the risk probability of an
earthquake damaging many of them. Only eight had their risk of earthquake
The risk of an earthquake damaging
either or both reactors at Limerick was increased by 141%,making it the third
most at risk, after the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant in Plymouth, Massachusetts and
the Indian Point Atomic Generating Station around BK’s way, in Buchanan, New
York. The analysis found the chance of an earthquake damaging the plant was
raised to 1 in 19,000, a change from the previous study where it was 1 in 45,000. My chance of experiencing
an earthquake is 1000 times greater than me winning Powerball.
The analysis also revealed
that of the top ten nuclear plants at most risk from earthquake damage, three
are in my state, more than in any other. The other two are the Shippingport
Atomic Power Station in Beaver County and the Three Mile Island plant in
Dauphin. I sleep like a baby each night, as NRC’s spokesman recently said NRC
will conduct a further study of Limerick in the future. He also spoke for
Exelon who is confident in the Limerick plant’s ability to withstand whatever
earthquakes might strike the region. Limerick was not designed or built with the
necessity of withstanding a major earthquake in mind.
In my life there have been paths I wish I had taken and choices
that might have been better. But I don’t have an instant replay button or time
machine remote control. The question I ask myself each time I feel uneasy is
whether the cause of my worry is something within my immediate control to fix.
If I reckon it’s not, I let it go. I take stock each day for my family, some
great friends and for the other many blessings in my life because at different
times in the past, I have waited until it was to late to do so.
Nope, I’d rather not live close
to a nuke plant especially one that makes the shit list, but what can I do? On my way
home from work today, I stopped by the local hardware store and picked up a
couple 5 gallon gas cans, just in case. An optimist that
carries a raincoat. There
are a lot of other things more likely to take me out.
Still Long and So Long
week one of my brothers was dumping uranium shares, as I was picking them
up. Bizarre, as my bro subscribes to the contrarian philosophy so regularly. No
worries, I feel solid about future demand for number 92. So long to the feeble.